Currently he is a postdoctoral associate at the CMS/W department at MIT where he is part of the Teaching Systems Lab and also collaborates with the Education Arcade in applying data science to large scale free online courses and to game-based environments to enhance human knowledge on how we learn. He is passionate about how learning occurs, solving data-based problems, teaching and sharing knowledge, yoga, nature and photography.

Appointments & Visiting Positions

  • Present 04-2018

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Comparative Media Studies

  • 05-2017 04-2018

    Data Scientist

    ExoClick, Business Intelligence

  • 01-2014 05-2017

    Research Assistant

    Institute IMDEA Networks

  • 09-2016 12-2016

    Visiting Researcher

    University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics

  • 06-2015 09-2015

    Visiting Researcher

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physics

  • 06-2012 01-2014

    Research Assistant

    Universidad Carlos III of Madrid, Telematics

  • 10-2010 09-2011

    Software Engineer

    Accenture, Technology Solutions

Education & Training

  • P.D. 2018

    Postdoctorate in Humanities & Science
    Learning Analytics in MOOCs and Learning Games

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Ph.D. 2017

    Doctor of Philosophy in Telematics
    Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining

    Universidad Carlos III of Madrid

  • M.Sc.2014

    Master of Science in Telematics

    Universidad Carlos III of Madrid

  • M.Eng.2013

    Master of Engineering in Telecommunications

    Universidad Carlos III of Madrid

  • B.Eng.2011

    Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications Systems

    Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia

Selected Honors & Awards

  • 2019
    Juan de la Cierva 'Formación' Fellowship
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    Juan de la Cierva 'Formación' competitive fellowship from the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities within the area of Computation and Informatics (acceptance rate of 15%).
  • 2018
    Person from Murcia of the Year
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    The newspaper La Verdad de Murcia recognizes me as one of the 20 most noteworthy persons from Murcia in 2018 due to my accomplishments during the year.
  • 2018
    Outstanding Young Researcher in Computer Science
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    Selected as Outstanding Computer Science Young Researcher for my contributions to artificial intelligence and data analytics to understand human behavior in online educational environments issued by the Spanish Computer Science Association (SCIE) and BBVA Foundation [country-wide].
  • 2018
    Four Awards to the Best PhD Thesis
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    • Best PhD thesis award in "Technology and Education" sponsored by Telefonica Foundation, granted by the Official College of Telecommunications Engineers [country-wide]
    • Extraordinary Doctoral Award from Universidad Carlos III of Madrid to one of the best Ph.D. Thesis in Telematics Engineering during years 2016-2018 [degree-wide]
    • Award of the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society for Best doctoral thesis in technological applications in the field of education [country-wide]
    • eMadrid 2018 award to the best PhD thesis in research or development of educational technologies [country-wide]
  • 2018
    Excellent Alumni Award
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    Received an award for my excellent career development as Excellent Alumni issued by the Social Council of Universidad Carlos III of Madrid [university-wide].
  • 2014
    Four Awards to the Best Master Thesis
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    • Best final degree or MT Award "in new services, applications and digital business models" sponsored by Accenture, granted by COIT-AEIT[country-wide]
    • Award of the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society for Best final degree project or MT in technological applications in the field of education [country-wide]
    • eMadrid 2015 Award for Best final degree project or MT on research or development of educational technologies [country-wide]
    • Accenture Award for best MT in Telecommunications Engineering in the academic year 2012/2013 at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid [degree-wide].
  • 2014 - 2017
    Full Scholarship for MSc and PhD from Institute IMDEA Networks
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    I earned a full scholarship (all fees and salary included) from Institute IMDEA Networks to conduct my MSc and PhD in Telematics Engineering. These are international scholarships and very competitive with acceptance rates of around 5% and a total package of around 150,000 euros over 5 years [world-wide].
  • 2013
    M.Eng. Telecommunications Engineering - Outstanding Graduate of the Year Award
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    Starred First in the graduating class (2011-2013) issued by Universidad Carlos III of Madrid [degree-wide].
  • 2009
    B.Eng. in Telecommunication Systems - Outstanding Graduate of the Year Award
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    Starred First in the graduating class (2006-2010) issued by Universidad Católica de San Antonio [degree-wide].